Sportswomen Are Bad Losers: New Study Claims

We need to rally up some Girl Power A.S.A.P


So, apparently we're bad sports.

Not bad at sports, obviously, but bad sports.


Research, published in the journal Current Biology, showed that men were almost three times as likely to have physical contact beyond a handshake than women when they thank, concede or console a sporting rival.

This is supposedly because of something called the 'male-warrior hypothesis.'

This is the idea that cavemen needed to be friends, or friendly, with their caveman competitors, but women hold more of a grudge.

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Joyce Benendon, from Harvard University, said of the theory, 'We believe that human social structure resembles that of chimpanzees, in which males cooperate in groups of unrelated same-sex peers and females cooperate more with family members and one or two friends who act as family.'

That may be true of them, but times are changing.

With more and more female sports getting the limelight they deserve and female sportswomen increasingly taking centre stage, we're not sure they will be accused of being bad sports for long.

A long history of overwhelming support for male-only athleticism is coming to an end and more girls than ever are being treated as sporting equals.

Keep an eye out at Rio for some very public displays of girls supporting girls, winning or losing, it's coming.

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